Single Day Tickets On Sale Now for #iRodeoYEG and #iRodeoWPG.

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QUICK-ON-THE-DRAW SALE!
There will be a limited number of single tickets offered at a 20% discount starting April 30, 2015, while quantities last!

Quick-on-the-draw Adult Single ticket (Fri, Sat, or Sun): $79.20
Quick-on-the-draw Youth/Senior Single ticket (Fri, Sat, or Sun) $60.00
A $2 surcharge will be added to all tickets, as well as applicable taxes.

Please note that this sale is only available at the Six Shooter Records webstore.

 

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Weekend passes and single tickets are now on sale through the Six Shooter webstore for #iRodeoWPG.
A $2 surcharge will be added to all tickets, as well as applicable taxes.

We are offering Earlybird Pricing, which is 25% the Advance Price.
Earlybird Pricing remains in effect until May 20, 2015, or while quantities last, whichever comes first.
ADVANCE PRICES start when the Earlybird passes sell out and run until July 31, 2015. These prices are available through our Six Shooter Records webstore only.

EDMONTON INTERSTELLAR INTERLUDES LINEUP SHOWS BIG LOVE TO ALBERTA ARTISTS.

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Interstellar Rodeo makes plenty of space for local and Alberta talent with this year’s Interludes lineup, a collection of super-talented songwriters and exciting performers that run the gamut of experience from seasoned vet to fresh-faced newcomer. Interstellar Rodeo is proud to shine the light on such a strong and diverse lineup culled exclusively from Canada’s Western provinces, and to position homegrown artists alongside the international stars on the bill. More than half of this year’s Interlude artists hail from Alberta, making 2015 the strongest hometown showing yet on the Interstellar stage.

UPCOMING #iRODEOYEG NEWS: Single day tickets will be available as of Thursday, April 30 @ 8am MT via www.interstellarrodeo.com. For a limited time, single day tickets will be 20% off.

Interstellar Rodeo Edmonton’s 2015 Interludes:

Mike McDonald (Edmonton)

Colleen Brown (Edmonton)

Joe Nolan (Edmonton)

Ryan Boldt (Saskatchewan)

Lucette (Edmonton)

Jay Nowicki (Winnipeg)

JJ Shiplett (Calgary)

Clinton St. John (Calgary)

Colter Wall (Saskatchewan)

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INTERSTELLAR RODEO EDMONTON INTERLUDE ARTIST BIOS:

Clinton St. John (AB)

Multi-instrumentalist Clinton St. John, is a Calgary-based singer-songwriter originally from Delburne, AB. His songs have strong narrative and dream-like qualities, finding influences in folk, blues, country, rock and psychedelic music. He released his latest full-length album, The Minor Arkhana, in September 2014.

Colleen Brown (AB)

“The talents of this Edmonton-based musician shine like a beacon,” writes The Globe and Mail. With a focus on themes of love, fate and psychic retooling, the small-town prairie fireball and hometown darling Colleen Brown just released a new album, called Direction, and with it, takes her work down new and exciting paths.

Lucette (AB)

It is obvious to all those who listen that Lucette’s raw, mellifluous and mysterious sound is as much old soul as it is ingénue. Lucette most recently toured the US in the fall 2014 with classic country sensation Sturgill Simpson. Her debut album, Black Is The Color, is out now.

Mike McDonald (AB)

Jr. Gone Wild’s legendary frontman, “cowpunk” pioneer and proud Dirt City music scenester, Mike McDonald is the real deal. In 2014, McDonald released his debut live solo album, Live At The Blue Chair Café. Unadorned by the electric chaos of a band and massive volume, Mike’s solo show is edgy folk, peppered with story and commentary, often hilarious.

JJ Shiplett (AB)

A songwriter in every situation and a dedicated player, JJ Shiplett’s passion for quality and sincerity is only matched by his goal to get everyone dancing. JJ’s approach to songcraft showcases heartfelt moments full of life experience, right alongside bursts of boisterous feel-good rock and roll.

 Joe Nolan (AB)

From theramin tremors to raw howls, Joe Nolan’s range of expression reaches extremes. He delivers bandaged fragility and raw rage with equal impact. His most recent album, the WCMA-nominated Tornado, showcases Joe’s lyrical style – intense, evocative and gripping.

Jay Nowicki (MB)

The Perpetrators front man, founding member and proud Winnipegger Jay Nowicki is rated one of Canada’s tastiest guitar players. Nowicki and The Perpetrators have cornered the market on tight, raw and intense blues, winning WCMA awards and Juno nominations along the way. The Perps’ most recent album, released in 2013, is called “Stick ‘Em Up.”

Colter Wall (SK)

Rugged and dark, the talented Saskatchewan-bred newcomer Colter Wall is poised to release his debut album, the evocatively and aptly titled “Imaginary Appalachia” in June 2015. Wall finds his inspiration in the rich tradition of Delta Blues and performs in true DIY, lo-fi fashion, with a tambourine duct-taped to his kick drum. 

Ryan Boldt (SK)

With “a presence far larger than his towering, scarecrow-like frame suggests,” (Vice) The Deep Dark Woods’ front man Ryan Boldt strikes out into a new wilderness alone. Boldt’s first solo album, Broadside Ballads, wraps traditional songs in Boldt’s signature haunting, folk-rock approach.

INTERSTELLAR RODEO WINNIPEG ANNOUNCES 2015 INTERLUDE ARTISTS.

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Interstellar Rodeo is pleased to announce the second wave of its inaugural Winnipeg lineup, the Interstellar Interludes. In keeping with Interstellar Rodeo’s focus on providing a distinct festival experience, the Interlude slots are noteworthy because they shine the spotlight on local and upcoming talent, positioning exciting new names and bonafide homegrown stars alongside marquee international performers.

UPCOMING #iRODEOWPG NEWS: Single day tickets will be available as of Thursday, April 30 @ 8am CT via www.interstellarrodeo.com.

Interstellar Rodeo Winnipeg’s 2015 Interludes:

- Greg MacPherson (MB)
– Ridley Bent (MB)
– Scott Nolan (MB)
– Son of Dave (MB/UK)
– Kacy & Clayton (SK)
– Wendy McNeill (AB/SW)
– Colter Wall (SK)
– JD & The Sunshine Band (MB)

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INTERSTELLAR RODEO WINNIPEG INTERLUDE ARTIST BIOS:

Greg MacPherson (MB)

Local songwriting powerhouse Greg MacPherson has spent the better part of the past two decades with his head down, charging. Neither worn thin nor rendered a cynic, MacPherson has developed a voice, singular, significant, and strong, sharpened over six full-length albums. MacPherson’s most recent album, Fireball, was included on the Polaris Music Prize Long List.

Ridley Bent (MB)

Channeling the high-energy performance ethic of artists like Tom Petty and Little Feat, Ridley and his band can tear a deep strip off any joint with his most recent release Wildcard, which showcases the Winnipeg-based country artist’s keen fascination for characters whose life on the straight and narrow rarely lasts past the nearest exit to a short, crooked road.

Scott Nolan (MB)

Winnipeg-based, WCMA nominated songwriter Scott Nolan has earned plenty of respect for his earnest, if slightly weatherworn music. His are the songs sung for people with a past, sturdily backlit with unswerving musicianship and a disposition rooted in the best of rock n’ roll, roots and Americana. His most recent album is called North/South.

Son of Dave (MB/UK)

A Winnipegger by birth and a musician by trade, Son of Dave is known for his unique blend of styles, which include everything from blues to beat-box to R&B, largely featuring his trusty harmonica. Before striking out on a successful solo path, Son of Dave was a member of the Grammy-nominated hometown heroes The Crash Test Dummies.

Kacy & Clayton (SK)

Saskatchewan duo Kacy & Clayton interpret and compose their own distinctive sound inspired by forms of traditional music from Southern Appalachia and the British Isles. Educated by Grandfather and Great-Uncle respectively, Kacy & Clayton possess an admiration and respect for days past. Kacy’s vocals, virtuous and pure, weave seamlessly with Clayton’s accomplished finger-style guitar accompaniment.

Wendy McNeill (AB/SW)

Originally from Alberta and now based in Europe, Wendy McNeill’s music retains a love of wide-open space and big prairie skies. Her dark, idiosyncratic approach to folk music is largely shaped around the accordion, looped vocals and guitar. A compelling blend of the bold and the vulnerable with hints of cabaret and spoken word, Wendy makes music for dark hearted dreamers.

Colter Wall (SK)

Rugged and dark, the talented Saskatchewan-bred newcomer Colter Wall is poised to release his debut album, the evocatively and aptly titled “Imaginary Appalachia” in June 2015. Wall finds his inspiration in the rich tradition of Delta Blues and performs in true DIY, lo-fi fashion, with a tambourine duct-taped to his kick drum.

JD & the Sunshine Band (MB)

JD & the Sunshine Band is a creative collaboration between musicians and street involved people seeking to create the chorus for the streets of Winnipeg. Stories, slang and humour of the people were given a back-beat and a melody, and put back on the street with renewed swagger on a debut album, released in early 2015. The result is unmistakably Winnipeg, like slurpees in January.

TANYA TAGAQ RECEIVES HONOURARY DOCTORATE FROM NSCAD. NEW VIDEO FOR UJA.

With great pride, Tanya Tagaq will be heading to Halifax to receive a Doctor of Fine Arts Honoris Causa from her alma mater NSCAD in May, “in recognition of her extraordinary contribution to the arts.” Tagaq will also be giving the 2015 graduation address. “NSCAD influenced my life trajectory in a way that is undeniable. To have this honour bestowed upon me is very humbling,” says Tagaq.

For more details about NSCAD award – http://nscad.ca/

Tagaq also has a new video for the song “Uja,” from the Polaris Prize winning Animism, directed by Manitoba’s Procter Bros. The video presents the same stark instabilities, frailties, dangers and violences as evoked by the song (and, on a larger scale, Tanya’s music as a whole). From a frenetic concrete cityscape, menacing, militaristic and dystopian, to the bloody and brutal beauty of nature, the video for “Uja” is as skittish and unsettling as it is potent.

Tanya Tagaq recently appeared on the blockbuster relaunch of CBC’s q. Relive the “wild and improvised” performance here (audio only) – http://www.cbc.ca/player/Radio/Q/ID/2664902592/

California Country Singer Sam Outlaw Releases First Song From Angeleno, Coming June 9, 2015 on Six Shooter Records.

Who Do You Think You Are?

Listen to “Who Do You Think You Are?” the first single released from Sam Outlaw’s debut full-length album, Angeleno, here.

Sam Outlaw performs “Who Do You Think You Are?” Live in LA.
The future’s bright for the young Angeleno
And an old song plays in his head
Far as he knows. . .

Introducing Sam Outlaw, a southern Californian singer-songwriter steeped in the music and mythos of west coast country, from the classic vibes of everything from ‘60s Bakersfield honky-tonk to ‘70s Laurel Canyon troubadour pop. With a sound that’s pleasurably past, present and future tense, Sam Outlaw’s impeccable California country music shines on Angeleno, his debut album due on June 9, 2015 on Six Shooter Records.

“The music I play, I call ‘SoCal country,’” says Outlaw. “It’s country music but with a Southern California spirit to it. What is it about Southern California that gives it that spirit, I don’t exactly know. But there’s an idea that I like that says – every song, even happy songs, are written from a place of sadness. If there’s a special sadness to Southern California it’s that there’s an abiding shadow of loss of what used to be. But then, like with any place, you have a resilient optimism as well.”

While he explores those shadows on the title track and the elegiac “Ghost Town,” Outlaw mostly comes down on the side of the optimists through Angeleno’s dozen tracks. Opener “Who Do You Think You Are?” breezes in with south of the border charm, all sunny melody wrapped in mariachi horns, while “I’m Not Jealous” is a honky-tonker with a smart twist on the you-done-me-wrong plot. “Love Her For A While” has the amiable lope of early ‘70s Poco, “Old Fashioned” the immediacy of a touch on the cheek, and the future Saturday night anthem “Jesus Take The Wheel (And Drive Me To A Bar)” shows Outlaw has a sense of humor to match his cowboy poet nature. Throughout, producers Ry and Joachim Cooder frame the material with spare, tasteful arrangements, keeping the focus on Outlaw’s voice. And it’s a voice that indeed seems to conjure up California in the same way as Jackson Browne’s or Glenn Frey’s. Easy on the ears, open-hearted, always with an undertow of melancholy.

Hawksley Workman Debuts New Video for “Don’t Take Yourself Away (Instant Nostalgia)” from Old Cheetah, Coming June 2, 2015 on Six Shooter Records.

Hawksley Workman gets all nineteen hundred and eighties with a new video for “Don’t Take Yourself Away (Instant Nostalgia),” the first single from the forthcoming album Old Cheetah, coming June 2, 2015 on Six Shooter Records. Directed by Ken Cunningham, the video captures a type of melancholy and brooding gothic angst that is, weirdly, found in both Wuthering Heights AND The Breakfast Club.

The video debuted with Exclaim! this morning.

Old Cheetah is now available for pre-order with instant download of “Don’t Take Yourself Away (Instant Nostalgia).”

Both songwriter and showman, Hawksley Workman is an unpredictable musical force prone to crafting wildly catchy songs that explode fully-formed from a swirling nuclear fusion of cabaret theatricality, glam rock and wantonly pop musical elements.

ICONS, HITMAKERS AND TRAILBLAZERS: INTERSTELLAR RODEO WINNIPEG ANNOUNCES INAUGURAL LINEUP.

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WEEKEND PASSES ON SALE FRIDAY, APRIL 10, 2015 @ 8am CT at www.interstellarrodeo.com. #iRodeoWPG

Interstellar Rodeo is excited to bring its unique concept of important, inimitable music paired with fine wines and high-quality local food to the heart of the city, at The Forks, August 14-16. With only one stage and a mandate to offer a sophisticated and distinctive take on the festival experience, Interstellar Rodeo is a meticulously curated weekend celebration of music, wine and food excellence. Interstellar Rodeo Winnipeg explodes out of the gates in its first year with a lineup that brings together some of the world’s most compelling, original and masterful artists ever to top charts and make headlines.

At the top of this year’s bill are artists who stand worlds apart musically, but who share a talent for crafting music that stands the test of time. For 2015, Interstellar Rodeo is humbled to welcome Sinead O’Connor, unparalleled in her relentless pursuit of artistic expression; Dwight Yoakam, a country music pioneer and honky tonk rebel hero; Blue Rodeo, a Hall of Fame band whose songs represent the quintessential Canadian summer festival soundtrack; and Vance Joy, an exciting newcomer with a knack for skillfully crafted, intensely catchy pop music.

Steve Earle & The Dukes and Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings represent the power of longevity and unending creativity. Each artist brings outstanding takes on different traditions, from the rabble-rousing troubadour to the revivalist presentation of the essence of funk/soul sound. Rhiannon Giddens, The Lone Bellow and Black Joe Lewis round out the list of Americana artists who bring progressive, exciting and vital voices to the Interstellar Rodeo stage.

Interstellar Rodeo 2015 has its share of provocative, edgy artists whose fearlessness and uniqueness make them unforgettable performers. This year, #iRodeoWPG welcomes Tanya Tagaq, Manitoba’s own Polaris Prize Winner and international superstar; Hawksley Workman, a musical wildcard whose unpredictable brilliance is a national treasure; July Talk, who recently capped an incredibly quick rise on their debut album with a Juno for Alternative Album of the Year. Their wild and mesmerizing live show is equal parts chaos and control.

Elliott BROOD and NQ Arbuckle bring high-energy, frenetic and captivating performances that guarantee to get audiences up and moving. Proud prairie rockers Jason Plumb & The Willing round out an impressive diversity of Canadian roots rock on this year’s bill.

Interstellar Rodeo producers Six Shooter Records have a particular love of songwriters, and the festival lineup includes Six Shooter’s very own, Juno winning poet-lyricist Amelia Curran and Americana troubadour Justin Townes Earle.

INTERSTELLAR RODEO WINNIPEG 2015 LINEUP:

SINEAD O’CONNOR • DWIGHT YOAKAM • BLUE RODEO • VANCE JOY
STEVE EARLE & THE DUKES • SHARON JONES & THE DAP-KINGS
JULY TALK • HAWKSLEY WORKMAN • TANYA TAGAQ
JUSTIN TOWNES EARLE • RHIANNON GIDDENS • THE LONE BELLOW
BLACK JOE LEWIS • ELLIOTT BROOD
NQ ARBUCKLE • AMELIA CURRAN • JASON PLUMB & THE WILLING


Interstellar Rodeo is excited to bring its unique concept of music paired with fine wines and high-quality local food to The Forks, a lively community space with a strong sense of civic pride and urban betterment. With everything from country to the avant-garde, rock n’ roll to pop, common ground amidst this year’s lineup is found in the exceptional quality and uniqueness of each name on the bill.

TICKET INFORMATION & PRICING:

Interstellar Rodeo is pleased to offer a one-time, inaugural FIRST MOVERS discount to music fans and festival lovers in our new home – LIMITED QUANTITIES of weekend passes will be available for 1/3 off the regular price as of Friday, April 10. For 2015, Interstellar Rodeo will offer a variety of pricing tiers and ticket options. Detailed introductory pricing is outlined below. In general, weekend passes range from $82.50-$225, and single tickets from $48.75-$99. Please visit www.interstellarrodeo.com for specifics.

Individual tickets for Friday, Saturday and Sunday lineups will be available as of April 30, 2015. EARLY BIRD PRICING will be in effect for these tickets for an introductory period.

INTERSTELLAR RODEO WINNIPEG RUNS FROM AUGUST 14-16, 2016 at The Forks. Tickets and other details at www.interstellarrodeo.com.

INTERSTELLAR RODEO ANNOUNCES 2015 LINEUP: BROAD, BOLD AND BUZZY.

The 2015 Interstellar Rodeo Edmonton lineup is here, and this year’s bill is both imaginative and cohesive, bursting with extraordinary talent from top to bottom. Interstellar Rodeo always aims to shine the spotlight on musical mavericks, those who blaze trails and shatter boundaries, and the 2015 lineup is no exception when it comes to artistic exceptionality.

Consider our 2015 headliners: St. Vincent, Grammy-winning art rock guitar hero; Father John Misty, indie savant and sly social critic; Charles Bradley and His Extraordinaires, Screaming Eagle of Soul with a heart of gold; Buffy Sainte-Marie, badass musical, cultural and political legend. At every turn, the 2015 Interstellar Rodeo lineup offers important artistic voices of multiple generations.

Many of this year’s standouts are dynamic, progressive women who are fearlessly redefining the world song by song, with each transcendent performance. From Polaris Music Prize winner and otherwordly singer Tanya Tagaq to the jaw-dropping vocals of Rhiannon Giddens (founding member of the Carolina Chocolate Drops), the brassy, bossy and brazen Elle King and the compelling humanity of Oh Susanna, the 2015 lineup includes some of the most fearsome, ferocious and powerful female voices we know.

Southern blues, rock and soul traditions are always a common thread amongst Interstellar Rodeo performers, and the festival makes a slam dunk with Shakey Graves, Justin Townes Earle and Black Joe Lewis, each with a unique and forward-looking approach to songcraft. NQ Arbuckle and Lee Harvey Osmond also offer exemplary takes on the way Canadian artists are also pushing the boundaries of these roots rock traditions.

Bringing the old-school dance party fun this year is Lake Street Dive, one of the most entertaining breakout acts of the indie world, and local heroes The Wet Secrets, who will kick things off on Friday, July 24 with their unmistakable marching band style and intensely addictive party rock sound.

Watch the announcement video below.

2015 INTERSTELLAR RODEO LINEUP:

ST. VINCENT * CHARLES BRADLEY AND HIS EXTRAORDINAIRES * BUFFY SAINTE-MARIE
FATHER JOHN MISTY * SHAKEY GRAVES * TANYA TAGAQ
RHIANNON GIDDENS* JUSTIN TOWNES EARLE
LAKE STREET DIVE * ELLE KING
LEE HARVEY OSMOND * BLACK JOE LEWIS * THE WET SECRETS
NQ ARBUCKLE * OH SUSANNA

More artists to be announced soon.

Interstellar Rodeo, only its fourth year, has fostered a tight-knit community of local business partners, proud volunteers and Alberta’s strongest music champions, who have worked with festival producers Six Shooter Records to build an event that reflects the city’s Can Do spirit.

Last year, the Interstellar Rodeo was tested by extreme weather – driving rain created unsafe conditions and forced the cancellation of opening day. In response, IR faced the challenge head on and completely on the fly, extending the festival by an extra day and even bringing in bonus bands. Instead of disaster, it became a celebration of the city’s tenacity, capped by a Mayoral Proclamation of Corb Lund Day, an honour Corb shared with the audience as he headlined the special Monday night show.

For 2015, previous ticket buyers are again invited to purchase their 2015 weekend passes in advance, starting Friday, March 27 at 8am MT.

Weekend passes will be on sale to the general public on Saturday, March 28 at 8 amMT.

All weekend passes and ticket information at www.interstellarrodeo.com.

Interstellar Rodeo runs from July 24-26, 2015.

Animism Wins A Juno!

Congrats to Tanya Tagaq for winning a Juno for Aboriginal Album of The Year for Animism.

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HAWKSLEY WORKMAN’S NEW ALBUM, OLD CHEETAH, COMING JUNE 2, 2015 ON SIX SHOOTER RECORDS.

SIX SHOOTER AT SXSW: INTERSTELLAR RODEO PRESENTS SATURDAY NIGHT AT SWAN DIVE

six shooter sxsw 1-2For those of you who can’t wait for the summer to get some Interstellar Rodeo love, we invite you to attend our showcase at music industry zoo known as SXSW, presented by the Interstellar Rodeo. Consider this a very early pre-game session for our own spectacular summer fest(s). I always find that SXSW is perfectly scheduled (for those of us who live in chilly climates) at a time when we reaaaaally need a reprieve from the endless winter which continues to march on through March in these parts. Hopefully Austin provides us with some sunny vibes to get us prepped for a sunny summer of Interstellar Rodeo-ing!

Six Shooter Artist set times are listed below:

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SIX SHOOTER RECORDS SIGNS THE WET SECRETS, INAUGURAL ALBERTA PEAK PERFORMANCE WINNERS.

The ink is dry on a label deal with The Wet Secrets, Edmonton’s favourite furry shako <wikipedia> – hatted “frantic pop” rockers. Don’t let their impeccable tailoring suggest the band’s energy is anything so buttoned up – The Wet Secrets put on a helluvasweatyawesome live show wherever they go.

The Wet Secrets have been a part of the Six Shooter world since the band’s debut, Rock Fantasy. Six Shooter Records is thrilled to be on board now as the full-fledged label/publisher worldwide for next release, The Tyranny of Objects, coming in the fall of 2015. The Wet Secrets are also the newly minted winners of Alberta’s first ever Peak Performance Project, a lucrative battle of the bands that saw The Wet Secrets take it all with their brassy, brazen rock n’ roll dance music and marching band style.

Demo Sneak Peek – “I Can Swing A Hammer,” from the forthcoming album The Tyranny of Objects. The Wet Secrets’ Six Shooter debut will be released in the Fall of 2015.

Read about their PPP win, which includes a double-rolling, van-destroying winter highway accident en route to the awards, here – http://exclaim.ca

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UPCOMING TOUR DATES:

AUSTIN, TX: SXSW – Canadian Blast BBQ @ Brush Square Park, Mar 18
AUSTIN, TX: SXSW – Alberta Music / Sask Music, Canada House, Mar 19
AUSTIN, TX: SXSW – Interstellar Rodeo / Arts + Crafts, Swan Dive, Mar 21 1AM
TUSCON, AZ: Club Congress, Mar 23*
SAN DIEGO, CA: Seven Grand Whiskey Bar, Mar 25*
SAN FRANCISCO, CA: Hotel Utah, Mar 28*
PORTLAND, OR: Doug Fir Lounge, Mar 31*
SEATTLE, WA: Tractor Tavern, Apr 1*
CALGARY, AB: Gateway, Apr 10*

* w/ Whitehorse

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ABOUT THE WET SECRETS:

A six-piece rock’n’roll dance band that plays the kind of music you could expect to hear if The Stranglers piggybacked Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass through the Rose Parade. Swampy basslines, primal drumming, dancing ladies with brassy hornstacks, keys, congas & vocal harmonies galore.

Formed on a dare by Lyle Bell, Trevor Anderson and Kim Rackel, the bass and horn heavy quintet burst onto the scene with 2006’s A Whale of a Cow CD. Written and recorded within one week of the band’s formation, it was a clarion call to anyone within earshot that The Wet Secrets had arrived.

2007 saw the release of the fuzzed-up Rock Fantasy full-length. CBC Radio 3’s fervent support of the track “Secret March” landed the song at the #2 slot on the national CBC charts, won the band a Bucky, and brought on international acclaim. Festival touring soon followed, including mandatory stops at Austin’s SXSW and CMJ in New York, and the band played the opening slot at Edmonton’s inaugural Sonic Boom festival.

Grant Lawrence of CBC Radio 3 named “Secret March” one of the “Top 20 Songs of the 2000s”.Free Candy is the long-awaited third album from Edmonton’s dapper pop primates. After a four-year hiatus spent focusing on other projects (Bell with Shout Out Out Out Out and Anderson with Dirt City Films), the band has reconvened and crafted a deceptively sunny new album, to be released independently on February 4, 2014.

Free Candy marked a dramatic leap forward for the band in both songwriting and attitude. With the addition of local psych-pop wizard Paul Arnusch (Faunts/Whitsundays), wunderkind Emma Frazier and sax-master Christan Maslyk, The Wet Secrets have returned determined to seize the brass ring and stomp the world in the face/balls. (Figuratively/literally). This new resolve now comes with a more pensive pen, eschewing tongue-in-cheek ribaldry for a well-conceived quasi-concept album about death, disappointment, and doin’ it. Material with morillse gravitas perhaps, but still smartly dressed in the frantic pop trappings of The Wet Secrets. The Wet Secrets are the recent winners of the inaugural Peak Performance Project in Alberta.

The Tyranny of Objects will be released in Fall of 2015 on Six Shooter Records.

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